DTA can guide ideation sessions.
Group ideation: "Brainstorming"
Suggestions for how a Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) could support group brainstorming. The DTA could not match a live moderator, But it could do many of the things a human moderator would do with someone telling it when to do these things.
ACRL Virtual World interest group
- Ideation (Wikipedia)
- What is Ideation – and How to Prepare for Ideation Sessions
- How To Run An Effective Ideation Workshop: A Step-By-Step Guide
- A virtual place for real brainstorming
- Novel environment is easy in a virtual world.
- Make a resource rich place related to the brainstorming goal/
- Rules slogans -- can be animated by brainstormers.
- Shared whiteboards (yes, plural. Ideas live in categories)
- Direct access to web resources--click for web page
- Moderator (teacher) on call (and sometimes monitoring)
- Brainstorm (search)
- Brainstorming (Wikipedia)
- Ideation guides
Rules for brainstorming
- Judgement-free zone
- Quantity over quality
- Evaluation comes later
- Stick to the task
- The task is to develop ideas about how to...
- (That line should be completed with a specific goal.)
- When you run out of ideas, try organizing the list of ideas.
- "Ideas that fit together sit together"
- "If we are out of ideas now, maybe we should suspend and sleep on it."
- Simple rules, easily forgotten.
- Somebody says "Well, that won't work because..."
- And the group starts talking about whether that won't work and why.
- People start checking their ideas to be sure they can show why the idea will work.
- Instead of thinking of ideas, the group shifts to thinking about what what won't work.
- The group needs a moderator to interrupt:
- "Save evaluation till later. We are looking for ideas now.
- Brainstorm calls on the people to unleash their minds.
- The unleashed mind tends to wander off on distractions.
- And the group discussion may follow.
- The group needs a moderator to call the group back to the topic.
- The flow of ideas will stop after a while.
- People will think they have run out of ideas.
- The group needs a moderator to suggest alternative viewpoints.
- Make a list of the ideas that are: Easy and obvious.
- Or Hard but possible.
- Or Looks impossible to me.
- Gather ideas that seem to fit together into their pwn lists.
- "Ideas that fit together sit together"
- Make a list of the key words.
- Find the synonyms for the key words, add those to the list.
What can the DTA do about the rules?
- Assuming the DTA is not as smart as a human moderator, it needs human help.
- In a virtual world, it has the advantage of running the environment.
- Rules are on wall signs.
- All wall signs have animation "acts."
- Anyone in the place can click on a sign to start its act.
- The act will start with some big movement to get attention.
- The move might be to the center of the group circle.
- The act includes dramatic sounds and a voice reciting the slogan.
- The instructions to the group:
- "If you notice that the group is not on task, click a sign that suggests what they need to do."
- The signs would not tell who clicked, so shy people would not feel inhibited.
- The signs could keep a record of who clicked them for the teacher to review.
- Initially, the teacher might want to observe and provide clicks when needed.
- With a little experience, group members would probably take over.
DTA manages idea collection
- DTA gives each person a panel for entering ideas
- DTA displays each idea on a large screen, creating additional screens as needed.
- (Virtual worlds can display a vast number of such screens.)
- The initial display is in order of entry, without identity of the originator.
- The individual panels remain available to the originator and the teacher.
- The individual panels allow the user to make alternative lists.
- Alternative lists require user-given names and are displayed near the originator.
- (Multiple alternative lists are displayed near the originator by rising vertically.)
- Teacher can follow group progress and individual progress/contributions.
DTA works 24/7
- Participants can add ideas whenever they think of them.
- They can also review previous whenever the want.
- They can also have sessions with selected others any time they want.
- Teacher always has a record of time-on-task.
- That record may be useful to advise students who need help.
DTA can provide suggestions
- Search tips from a digital coach: DTA content page
- The DTA as search coach: How does that work? Especially for project-based learning
- Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) can run the search game: solo, teacher's game, or team game
- Idea map (search)
- Mind map (wikipedia)
- Build Your Creative Confidence: Mindmaps
Can you brainstorm by yourself?
- Yes, when you are ready.
- If you are ready, you know the answer to that question.
- You get ready by practice. Group brainstorming is good practice.
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